Unique Aspects of Tension Fabric Structures

    We Work with Our Customers on All Aspects of Their Buildings

    Ventilation creates a healthier, drier building and helps provide an ideal environment for building occupants and sensitive stored materials. Legacy structures offer fabric building ventilation options to suit your needs.

    With Legacy Building Solutions you can rest assured that you are getting a fully engineered building, constructed on time and on budget, with lower building lifecycle costs in the long run.

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    Passive Ventilation

    Passive ventilation uses gravity to provide fresh air circulation inside a building with zero ongoing cost and maintenance. Passive ventilation systems may provide enough ventilation on their own, or they may be combined with active systems to provide more air turns. Overhangs, open walls, endwall panels and ridge vents are sources of passive ventilation.

    Air intake is best achieved under the fabric structure overhang. This keeps fresh air flowing in at the occupied level of the structure and provides ventilation the entire length of the building. The lighter, cooler air flows in through the overhangs; as the air heats up it rises and is exhausted out the ridge vents.

    There are several fabric building ventilation options for passive exhaust systems. An open ridge vent lets warm, humid air push out the peak unrestricted. Or incorporate a one-piece exhaust vent to block rain, snow and birds from entering through the ventilation system. Aluminum ARV vents are a cost-effective, attractive way to provide peak exhaustion.

    Endwall panels are another maintenance-free way to ventilate a building. Mesh or aluminum panels are available in any size and several colors to blend in with the building.

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    Active Ventilation

    Fans, louvers and exhaust vents are more “hands-on” ways to create fabric building ventilation. Although these options require more up-front cost and maintenance than a passive ventilation system, they may provide the right amount of air for your application.

    Fans and louvers are available in several colors and sizes. Talk to your building consultant for the most accurate information about fabric building ventilation options for your building.

     

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    Cavity Ventilation

    Lined buildings include a separate cavity ventilation system to prevent condensation from accumulating on the steel frame. Cavity ventilation uses many of the same active and passive systems mentioned above, with the addition of tunnels to ventilate the cavity and the main building area.

    Case Study

    River Cree Casino Event Center

    29,680 sq ft Multi-Purpose Casino and Entertainment Facility | Enoch, AB

    Any entertainment venue built in the Canadian territory needs to do two things: sound good and maximize climate control systems. The Venue at River Cree Resort & Casino does both.

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    River Cree Casino Event Center

    Fern Hollow Water Treatment Plant

    7,549 sq ft Municipal Water Treatment Facility | Moon Township, PA

    The Fern Hollow Water Treatment Plant cover was designed, manufactured, and installed by Legacy crews overtop the existing water treatment equipment. Reducing maintenance time and costs was a primary concern for the township, and the new building helped achieve that by being low maintenance itself, as well as reducing the maintenance needed for the equipment and tanks inside.

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    Fern Hollow Water Treatment Plant

    Biomethane Production Office & Processing Building

    19,200 sq ft Biomethane Waste-to-Energy Production Building

    The Biomethane Production Facility has a tall peak to allow tipping trucks inside, and a tightly sealed building envelope to contain odors. Clearspan floor space leaves plenty of room to store food waste for use.

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    Biomethane Production Office & Processing Building

    Southeast County Landfill

    139,750 sq ft Biosolids Compost Cover

    Legacy created an open-air building that allowed them to increase the productivity of the facility. Our engineering made it possible to consolidate it in one large building rather than the three structures proposed in the early stages of the building process.

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    Southeast County Landfill

    AGC Automotive

    16,482 sq ft Automotive Storage Structure | Elizabethtown, KY

    AGC Automotive needed to store large tooling and equipment at their Elizabethtown, Kentucky, facility. After learning about the capabilities of fabric buildings on a rigid steel frame, they installed one building 160 feet wide by 100.5 feet long. The natural light inside the building also reduced the number of light fixtures installed to the minimum required to meet safety regulations.

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    AGC Automotive

    City of Davenport

    21,000 sq ft Bus Storage Building | Davenport, IA

    Keeping diesel busses warm in the winter isn’t just nice, it’s a necessity. This bus garage does the job with R-25 insulation and a great design.

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    City of Davenport

    Aero Storage

    96,000 sq ft Aircraft Assembly Hangar | Kansas

    Big doors, natural light and plenty of clearspan space for equipment are the highlights of this aero storage facility. Our design features a completely removable door for oversized vehicles.

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    Aero Storage

    Luxury Automotive Showroom and Offices

    4,960 sq ft Portable Showroom & Temporary Office Building | Cerritos, CA

    The owners of this Lexus dealership needed a temporary showroom for their growing business. Our structure met their needs: fast design, timely installation and an elegant finish to impress their affluent customers. Our custom design was just what they needed, when they needed it.

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    Luxury Automotive Showroom and Offices

    Ontario Airport (ONT) Cargo Facilities

    126,320 sq ft Cargo Logistics Facilities | Ontario, CA

    As consumers continue to increase their demand for next-day packages, the square footage necessary for sorting increases as well. Ontario International Airport in California is the West Coast air and truck hub for UPS Airlines and is a major distribution point for FedEx Express. The Airport Authority found themselves requiring more space, resulting in a re-organization of the airport and the construction of two cargo buildings.

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    Ontario Airport (ONT) Cargo Facilities

    Solar Ship, Inc. Off-Grid Aircraft Assembly Hangar

    40,597 sq ft Aircraft Assembly Hangar | Brantford, ON

    Solar Ship, Inc. is a Canadian company that develops hybrid aircraft designed to provide access to remote locations worldwide. The Solar Ship aircraft operate using solar power – an ideal the company is committed to maintaining in the design of their assembly facilities and hangars. In 2014, Solar Ship contacted Legacy Building Solutions to engineer, install and provide project management services on a new hangar in Brantford, Ontario.

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    Solar Ship, Inc. Off-Grid Aircraft Assembly Hangar

    DHL Express Logistics Staging Pavilions

    237,800 sq ft DHL-ULD Logistics – Americas HUB Buildings | CVG Airport – Erlanger, KY

    DHL Express expanded their hub to include two pavilion buildings for cargo storage and logistics.

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    DHL Express Logistics Staging Pavilions

    YMM Airport Garage and Tool Shed

    4,540 sq ft Airport Tool Shed and Vehicle Maintenance Shop | YMM Airport – Fort McMurray, AB

    The airport lost many support buildings in a fire. The Airport Commission partnered with Legacy Building Solutions to design and install two new buildings.

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    YMM Airport Garage and Tool Shed

    Agriland FS Woodbine Fertilizer Storage

    19,404 sq ft Fertilizer Storage Building | Woodbine, IA

    Agriland FS, Inc. is a farmer-owned cooperative that provides agricultural products directly to farmers. After several years working from a leased building, Agriland FS determined the need to add a permanent fertilizer storage building at their Woodbine, Iowa, location. The new building would be used for storing, mixing and distributing fertilizer. “We needed a building we could adapt,” said Curtis Hoakison, procurement manager. “Having everything contained in one facility was easier than trying to add another part to an existing building.”

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    Agriland FS Woodbine Fertilizer Storage

    Feed Products & Bulk Feed Storage

    62,800 sq ft Bulk Feed Storage Building | Madison, IL

    Feed Products and Service is a supplier of animal feed products with multiple locations across North America. When business growth led to the expansion of their Madison, Illinois, location, they added a fabric structure to store and distribute bulk feed.

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    Feed Products & Bulk Feed Storage

    Northern Farmers Co-op Fertilizer Storage

    14,616 sq ft Fertilizer Storage Building | Williams, MN

    Being able to customize a structure for the needs of a building owner is one thing; the ability to customize it to the future needs of a customer is another matter altogether. That’s what Legacy did for Northern Farmers Co-op. The cooperative had a need for more fertilizer storage, but they also wanted one that could be expanded and modified based on future needs.

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    Northern Farmers Co-op Fertilizer Storage

    Gunther Salt Company Salt Storage Building

    28,080 sq ft Commercial Salt Storage Building | St. Louis, MO

    Gunther Salt Company is a distributor of various salt products throughout the Midwest. Due to business growth, they needed a new storage and distribution facility at their St. Louis headquarters. “We were looking for something that would last and have multiple uses,” said Darrin Chapman, plant manager. The building stores a specialized agricultural salt mix, which arrives at the facility via barges and is loaded onto trucks by conveyor belt.

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    Gunther Salt Company Salt Storage Building

    Silver Drache Farms Dressage Arena

    22,000 sq ft Professional Riding Arena | Palm City, FL

    Silver Drache Farm is a private equestrian facility used to train and board dressage horses in Palm City, Florida. The highly trained horses require daily exercise – which is not always possible with an outdoor arena. “The type of training that we do would require us to be in the sun for an extended period of time,” said Andrea Eppley, owner of Silver Drache Farm LLC. “In south Florida that’s just not practical.”

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    Silver Drache Farms Dressage Arena

    Seahorse Run Covered Riding Arena

    20,000 sq ft Covered Riding Arena | Suffolk, VA

    Seahorse Run is an equestrian boarding and training facility that provides a full range of services to riders of all disciplines, including training, clinics, and competitions. As a top class riding facility, Seahorse Run uses specialized footing that allows the horses to perform their best and prevents injuries. Protecting this footing is a high priority for Seahorse Run owner Flynn Gladden. “If you don’t have a cover, the ground is too inconsistent to ride,” said Gladden.

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    Seahorse Run Covered Riding Arena

    Kuka Equestrian Center Riding Arena and Barn

    50,400 sq ft Riding Arena with Attached Barn | Maple Plain, MN

    This combines a barn area with a riding arena, so it does it all. Natural light and horse-friendly acoustics are just two benefits of working with fabric.

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    Kuka Equestrian Center Riding Arena and Barn

    Winnemucca Rodeo and Event Center

    54,400 sq ft Equestrian Event Center | Winnemucca, NV

    This structure provides the advantages of an open air design with protection from the elements for the cattle. An adjustable vent system keeps it dry and cool inside.

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    Winnemucca Rodeo and Event Center

    Hay Storage and Cattle Operations Building

    18,000 sq ft Cattle Operations Building | Yorkville, IL

    Open on three sides, this cattle operation building keeps the cattle dry while providing plenty of ventilation. The design makes the structure adaptable to future changes.

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    Hay Storage and Cattle Operations Building

    Cattle and Finishing Building

    14,400 sq ft Cattle & Finishing Building | Odell, IL

    Open on three sides, this cattle operation building keeps the cattle dry while providing plenty of ventilation. The design makes the structure adaptable to future changes.

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    Cattle and Finishing Building

    Camp Lemonnier NEX

    11,200 sq ft Military Retail Facility | Djibouti, Africa

    In the fall of 2015, KBR, a global provider of services and technologies across 60 countries and three synergistic global businesses, approached Legacy Building Solutions with a structure need for the Camp Lemonnier base in Djibouti, Africa. The primary objectives of the new structure included flexibility to relocate and accommodate growth at the Djibouti location. With all building options coming in at a comparable price point, the decision ultimately came down to finding the best solution. “The finished interior was a key factor in ultimately choosing Legacy, as well as the simplicity of the solution and the relocatability. The extended life span of a Legacy building over competitors was also a main factor in choosing Legacy,” stated KBR’s on site JOC Project Manager.

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    Camp Lemonnier NEX

    Montgomery Ventures Aviation Hangars

    3,600 sq ft Military Aircraft Hangars | Nigeria

    Three hangars, three different designs. Being able to customize complex projects for the military results in some very interesting and successful buildings.

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    Montgomery Ventures Aviation Hangars

    Frac Sand Storage Building

    57,600 sq ft Frac Sand Storage and Distribution Building | Wembley, AB

    When working with frac sand, you need more than storage. You need a building that works with your operations to load, unload and store your materials. And you probably need something, like this, that’s big.

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    Frac Sand Storage Building

    Los Bronces Temporary Truck Shop

    5,412 sq ft CAT 795F Truck Maintenance Shop | Santiago, Chile

    Need a truck maintenance shop on top of a mountain in the Andes? We can do that. This building is engineered to withstand some of the toughest weather on the planet.

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    Los Bronces Temporary Truck Shop

    Mining Truck Shop and Maintenance Building

    10,241 sq ft Vehicle Maintenance Building | Antofagasta, Chile

    Big truck storage is our specialty. Our frames can handle big doors for mining trucks, and our customization can create a building that adapts and fits in with your current operations.

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    Mining Truck Shop and Maintenance Building

    Lyons Salt Company Salt Mine Storage

    48,600 sq ft Salt Mining Storage Building | Lyons, Kansas

    Lyons Salt Company is a Kansas-based company that mines and produces deicing salt and agricultural feed salt products. Because Kansas law requires salt to be kept under cover, they use flat storage buildings to store equipment and bulk salt. Lyons had a fabric structure on an open web truss system that was severely corroded due to fine dust particles settling on the exposed hollow tube trusses. Lyons specified a fabric structure for the new enclosure – metal buildings corrode too quickly when exposed to massive quantities of salt, and wood buildings are too expensive to be cost effective.

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    Lyons Salt Company Salt Mine Storage

    Basin Electric Power Cooperative Bottom Ash Dewatering Facility

    52,800 sq ft Coal-Fired Energy Plant Processing Remediation Building | Stanton, ND

    Constructed over the top of an existing waste water facility, the structure protects equipment that is dewatering ash from a power plant. Ventilation was key for this operation, and the system installed did six interior air replacements per hour.

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    Basin Electric Power Cooperative Bottom Ash Dewatering Facility

    BBE Hydro Vehicle Maintenance and Warehouse Buildings

    30,800 sq ft Vehicle Maintenance and Warehouse Buildings | Thompson, MB

    Vehicle maintenance for a hydro electric plant in Manitoba needs to be two things: big and warm. We delivered both. This structure also has a twin next door which serves as a warehouse.

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    BBE Hydro Vehicle Maintenance and Warehouse Buildings

    Montezuma Manufacturing Warehouse

    9,600 sq ft Automotive Component Manufacturing Warehouse | Montezuma, IA

    This warehouse for automotive manufacturing needed straight walls and a tall peak for the racks of components. Water control was a key factor, so a gutter system to keep water far from the foundation.

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    Montezuma Manufacturing Warehouse

    Five Rivers Sand and Salt Storage

    64,200 sq ft Salt and Sand Storage Buildings | Van Buren, AR

    Five Rivers Distribution is a port storage facility that stores and distributes bulk material including chicken feed, road salt and fertilizer. In 2014, they added a 15,000 square foot Legacy building at their facility in Van Buren, Arkansas. Satisfied with the performance of two smaller “hoop” buildings already onsite, they specified a fabric structure for their new addition. After investigating the available options and consulting with other port managers, Five Rivers chose Legacy Building Solutions to design, manufacture and install the new storage buildings.

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    Five Rivers Sand and Salt Storage

    Duraport Marine and Rail Terminal Warehouse

    51,360 sq ft Drywall Storage Building | Bayonne, NJ

    This warehouse for automotive manufacturing needed straight walls and a tall peak for the racks of components. Water control was a key factor, so a gutter system to keep water far from the foundation.

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    Duraport Marine and Rail Terminal Warehouse

    IEI Barge Services Storage Building

    63,010 sq ft Tension Fabric Building for Fertilizer Storage and Blending | East Dubuque, IL

    IEI Barge Services is a bulk fertilizer storage, mixing and transloading facility along the banks of the Mississippi River. In 2015, they began shopping for a bulk storage building to accommodate business growth. Poor soil conditions, along with the requirements of loading and storing bulk product and withstanding constant exposure to corrosive fertilizer, made steel buildings impractical and prohibitively expensive. “Because of our soil issues, we simply couldn’t afford to construct a more traditional building,” said Joe Bitter, general manager of Alliant Energy/IEI Barge Services. “The lightweight design of our Legacy building allowed us to reach a compromise between soil conditions and cost.”

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    IEI Barge Services Storage Building

    New Yard LLC Marine Storage Building

    19,200 sq ft Marine Storage Building | Portland, ME

    Storing boats is serious business, especially if you are in Portland, Maine. This facility protects boats with insulated walls and climate control while still allowing for natural light from the roof panels.

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    New Yard LLC Marine Storage Building

    Fox Creek Multiplex

    58,363.8 sq ft Community Sports and Event Center | Fox Creek, AB

    A normal building project for us means putting up a structure that is customized to the needs of the customer, making sure it works for them,vand then moving on. Fox Creek was a veryvdifferent kind of project. It was about building avcommunity, about creating resources that would change the face of a town in northern Alberta.

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    Fox Creek Multiplex

    Stony Brook University College Athletics Facility

    58,275 sq ft Tension Fabric Building for College Athletics | Stony Brook, NY

    A traditional university setting calls for a beautiful field house. Stony Brook's field house feature inverted steel frame legs to give it a unique look that fit into the rather limited footprint.

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    Stony Brook University College Athletics Facility

    Westwood Tennis Center

    15,123 sq ft Indoor Tennis Center

    Westwood Tennis expanded their year-round services by adding additional tennis courts in a lined, tension fabric building.

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    Westwood Tennis Center

    Bethel Park Reserve Road Salt Storage

    11,700 sq ft of Reserve Road Salt Storage

    Adhering to state regulations, the city of Bethel Park added an permanent fabric structure for road salt storage. The custom building was designed and installed within a tight timeline and on a difficult site.

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    Bethel Park Reserve Road Salt Storage

    Max Rhoads Wastewater Settling Tank Cover

    15, 232 sq ft Wastewater Settling Tank Cover

    After considering options for a building that met the corrosion-resistance criteria and could be erected over settling tanks already in place, RWRA chose Legacy Building Solutions as their basis of design.

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    Max Rhoads Wastewater Settling Tank Cover

    Chillicothe Correctional Institution Wastewater Treatment Dewatering Structure

    6,550 sq ft Wastewater Treatment Dewatering Structure

    Attached to a traditional brick building, this building protects a waste water and biosolid processing facility. Our frames support a conveyor system and passive ventilation controls the building’s humidity.

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    Chillicothe Correctional Institution Wastewater Treatment Dewatering Structure

    Public Works Road Salt Storage Building

    7,200 sq ft Road Salt Storage Building | Watford City, ND

    Salt storage is notoriously corrosive, so our solid steel frames are protected by both our fabric walls and hot-dipped galvanizing. Precast concrete walls on the interior help with salt storage, loading and unloading.

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    Public Works Road Salt Storage Building

    SMM Scrap Metal Recycling

    21,975 sq ft Material Separation and Storage

    While the state regulations called for a three-sided structure with a roof, the finished building has all four walls enclosed. Framed doorways along the sidewall give the option of fully enclosing the building if needed to adhere with future requirements.

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    SMM Scrap Metal Recycling

    Lee County Ash Monofill and Compost Facility

    19,440 sq ft Ash Monofill & Compost Facility

    Lee County, Florida uses three corrosion resistant fabric structures for municipal compost drying.

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    Lee County Ash Monofill and Compost Facility

    Highland WRF Covered Sludge Storage

    20,400 sq ft Tension Fabric Structure for Covered BioSolid Storage

    A custom tension fabric building gave the city of Highland extra capacity and the ability to handle biosolids more effectively.

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    Highland WRF Covered Sludge Storage

    Tronson Grain Fertilizer Storage

    37,200 sq ft Fertilizer Storage

    Legacy designed, manufactured and constructed a fertilizer storage building for Tronson Grain up in Crary, North Dakota, features multiple storage bins and a 150-ton capacity automated loading and mixing machine.

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    Tronson Grain Fertilizer Storage

    Vulpes Recreation

    9,800 sq ft Private Sports Facility

    This private multi-sport facility includes a main volleyball floor, an exercise mezzanine, a kitchen and more.

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    Vulpes Recreation

    Smithfield Bulk Feed Storage Structure

    60,000 sq ft Flat Feed Storage

    The largest hog producer and processor increased their feed manufacturing system with a tension fabric building.

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    Smithfield Bulk Feed Storage Structure

    Shelburne Transload

    101,520 sq ft Salt Storage + Distribution at a Railroad Transload Facility

    Vermont Railways, Inc. was looking to develop a new state-of-the-art rail-to-truck transload facility to efficiently handle bulk commodities.

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    Shelburne Transload

    U.S. Steel

    55,000 sq ft Automotive Maintenance Facility

    The U.S. Steel facility has the highest roof peak we’ve ever constructed at 97 feet. The walls, too, are the tallest we’ve constructed at 74 feet. At 110 feet by 500 feet, the building itself is somewhat large, but it’s the height that gets the attention.

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    U.S. Steel

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